Nick Wynja on productivity systems, and how we have to be smarter than them:
To work effectively, we need to have enough insight into our process to know when parts of it aren’t necessary. We should make our systems and our thinking modular so we don’t get distracted by a workflow that’s meant to solve a problem that we aren’t currently having. The pieces of our workflow are just tools and by learning how to use them only when the work demands it we focus our attention on the output of the process and not the process itself.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Productivity systems are designed to help us get things done, but if we aren’t smart enough to know when they are getting in the way, they can do more harm than good.